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Brain Game: Five-by-Five #8

Unscramble the ten words in the list and place them into the 5 × 5 grid so that they link together. One letter is already provided to get you started.

Morning Cup of Links: Arlington Ladies

Miss Cellania

Because of finances, age, or health, many survivors are unable to travel to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC for military funerals.

The Late Movies: Supercuts

Chris Higgins

A "supercut" is not only a quality haircut from a national chain -- it's a type of video in which all instances of a particular word, phrase, or scenario are placed together, sometimes

The Quick 10: 10 Celebrities Who Own Wineries

Stacy Conradt

Some celebrities have done quite well for themselves in the wine business – Francis Ford Coppola, for example, is as famous for his grapes in some circles as he is for his movies.

At the Libraries: The Best Lists of the Best Books

Miss Kathleen

Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there's something fun going on in your local library, leave us a

A Fascinating Look at Trona, CA from Two Very Disciplined Filmmakers

Ransom Riggs

For the last year, filmmakers Alex Jablonski and Michael Trotten have made one short documentary film every month -- twelve in all.

The 20 Longest Pages on Wikipedia

Chris Higgins

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, according to Wikipedia, #830 in the Line of succession to the British throne. Back in July, our own Will Treece pointed to the then-longest Wikipedia a

A Short History of Long-Haired Music: The Classical Era, part 3

David K. Israel

If you missed our previous installments, check out A Short History of Long-Haired Music archives Some people refer to it as the “Viennese Style.” Others, the “Viennese Classical School.” Whatever

Brain Game: A Four-Spot Drop

By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert SIXTH into TENTH in the fewest steps possible.

Morning Cup of Links: Video Toast

Miss Cellania

6 Eerily Specific World Events Predicted by Comics. Is it possible that comic book writers have a super power of their own?  (via Interesting Pile) * X-ray Mania!

The Late Movies: Quidditch

Andréa Fernandes

Quidditch, the magical game played by Harry Potter and company in J.K.

The Quick 10: 10 Ad Mascots Voiced by Celebrities

Stacy Conradt

With the recent announcement of a new, swanky, “sexualized” Mr.

Say What? When Athletes Are Misquoted

Bud Shaw

Note: Tomorrow night at 7pm, Bud Shaw will be speaking and answering questions at the mental_floss store in Chesterland, Ohio. Stop by and say

Did Cats Drive This Painter Insane?

Ransom Riggs

I wrote about the mad sculptor Messerschmidt last week, and in the comments one reader mentioned that his work reminded them of an English painter named Louis Wain (1860-1939) -- who I then proceeded

Mad Men Theme + Nat "King" Cole's "Nature Boy" = Beautiful Jazz

Chris Higgins

What happens when a mini-orchestra performs the Mad Men theme song, gently mashed up with Nat "King" Cole's classic "Nature Boy"? Awesome jazz fantasticness.

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